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image thumb15 Opinion: Will You Compromise Your Privacy For “Ice Cream”?

If only cartoons could bring about positive changes from companies, especially in connection to those nagging privacy issues. On Thursday the New York Times Square ran a cartoon of Google chief in an ice cream truck spying on children. Well that got almost an immediate response from Google; a simplified and update privacy policy.

I am not buying this in any way for any reason. But I will come to it towards the end of the post and in the meantime lets focus on what Google had to say. Mike Yang, Google’s Associate general counsel mentioned the simplification of the privacy policy and that simplification only comes to the wordings. He stated:

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image thumb14 Google Translate Gets A Facelift And Android App

I am not sure if this is all new and breaking or if this has been around in tests for some time but the Google Translate page appears to have got a Facelift. It’s not just a makeover but the service is getting some new features. The new inclusions will let you do more with Translate and while I haven’t tried them as yet some include:

  • Help Google improve Translate.
  • Google Chrome extension which will enable auto translate for pages in languages you don’t understand.
  • Phrasebooks and pronunciations for your Android device to help you on your next trip to a foreign state.
  • Google Translate Toolbar to help you instantly find translation for a word on a any page.

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image thumb11 10 Way Video Calling Comes To Skype

Behold the power of video calling, or should I say multiple video calling when it comes to Skype? It has released the latest version of the software for Windows which takes 5 calling twice ahead, enabling 10 video callers at a time. Brilliant by all means, though it’s still in beta and can be downloaded here.

The latest feature offers users quite a lot. The major introductions being:

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image thumb9 Google Chrome Turns Two, Gets A More Stable Version 6

Google Chrome is worth having, by every means and its market share of 7.5% is impressive. You might consider it very less when compared to the gargantuan 60.4 percent share that the Internet Explorer has and close to 23 percent that of Firefox, but they have been around for a fairly long time. Chrome just celebrated its second birthday and what it has achieved is great.

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image thumb152 Google Wave – Lurking Like A Zombie Before Eternal Sleep

I reported earlier this month of Google shutting down Google Wave after all the hype it created with its launch and then dying down. Appears as if the idea of going from invite only to public contributed more to its death than a rapid growth. However the services isn’t dead as yet as Google has extended its availability till the end of 2010.

The purpose? Google wants to have users import all the data they have shared on Wave by giving them tools to do so. These will be made available in the next month or two, definitely before December to give you enough time to export your Waved stuff. It saddens me to see this great tool die down, it was definitely ahead of its time and a great initiative and I think poor marketing was primarily responsible for it dying so abruptly. I personally think if Google would have had made a little extra effort to promote this, Wave would have lived up to the expectations that Google had: an evolution of communicating and collaborating online.

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image thumb151 Google Releases Priority Inbox, Makes Your G mail Smarter

Google to me means big, improving your Web experience and of course including some concerns of putting too much trust on one service. But it has definitely evolved our experience with services like the Search, and more importantly, Gmail. The free email service continues to make emailing better. Today Google is taking a step further by helping you keep an eye on emails that are or should be your top priority.

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image thumb150 Another Impressive Google Experiment: Arcade Fire Brings Music To HTML 5

What would future music videos be like?  We have got applications that continue to get better, browsers that continue to get more powerful and online video channels to make your record get viral instantly. Lets keep business out for an instant and head over to the power of HTML 5. Fret not, I am not going to talk about the coding, etc, just a video created specifically for the browser.

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image thumb144 Google Continues Experimentation With Chrome OS, Indications That It Will Power iPad Competitors

Google continues to make Chrome powerful and more importantly giving users a better way to test run the many experimental features it has to offer. It’s obvious that Google sees the role of the browser being a minute part of the Chrome OS it has in plans. The browser has evolved quite a lot beginning from one with no support for extensions.

Today more reports of Google bolstering it surfaced stating that it has already enabled speech recognition in the upcoming builds of Chrome. The inclusion of about:labs lets you get your hands on experimental stuff that isn’t meant for those who fear testing things out. One feature for Windows users is that they view tabs on the left while those using the Mac can get the feel of the Tab Expose [you can get hold of more experiments at Chrome Labs].

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image thumb140 Google Continues With Its Social Strategy For Google Me: Shops Angstro

Google continues to bolster its social networking initiative, Google.Me. The latest step is the acquisition of Angstro, a startup launched back in 2008 with a purpose to provide aggregated business news to professionals. The startup leveraged the existing social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to help people discover and share news about their colleagues. The acquisition makes sense, and falls perfectly into Google’s recent line of action.

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image thumb136 Google Real Time Search Gets Its Own Homepage And New Features

When you have a great product, you need to make it stand out and Google has done exactly that with its Real Time Search. Lets go back in time when Google launched this last year and honestly it made the search results page ugly. Thanks to all those Twitter updates stuffed between results, which proved to be more bothersome than helpful. Today the search giant has given a new page to the Real Time Search.

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